Pan Bagnat (Provençal Tuna Sandwich)
Photography by Todd Coleman

Whether they’re the star of a dish or the unexpected secret ingredient, anchovies make a flavorful, briny, savory addition to all kinds of recipes.


Vitello Tonnato (Veal with Tuna-Caper Sauce)

In this classic dish, cold sliced veal is served under a blanket of creamy tuna mayonnaise.

Herbed Tomato Tart

Made with ripe cherry tomatoes and fragrant herbs, this tart is both delicious and beautiful. Get the recipe for Herbed Tomato Tart »

Chilled Sea Urchin and Farro Pasta

Chilled Sea Urchin and Farro Pasta

Michael Richard’s Deviled Eggs

Deviled eggs get an update with white anchovies and masago arare, Japanese rice cracker beads that mimic caviar.

Spaghetti with Anchovy Garlic Sauce

Anchovy paste adds umami punch to an elemental garlic-and-butter sauce that’s perfect tossed with a thin pasta like spaghetti.

Sauteed Sole with Olives

A tangy paste of green olives, anchovies, and capers is the perfect topping for mild and tender filet of sole.

Acchiughe Con Salsa Verde

Use salt-packed anchovy fillets to make this antipasto from Luciano De Giacomi’s Nonna Genia’s Classic Langhe Cookbook (Astilibri, 1982).

Caesar Salad

This classic salad is easy to make from scratch at home. Get the recipe for Caesar Salad »

Salade Niçoise

A French bistro staple, this provençal salad combines tuna, olives, cucumber, green beans, anchovies, and other spring vegetables for a filling and protein-rich meal.

Olive Oil-Braised Vegetables

This flavorful mix of broccoli, cauliflower, zucchini, and potatoes is braised in olive oil that’s been infused with rosemary, chile flakes, lemon, and anchovies. Get the recipe for Olive Oil-Braised Vegetables »

Braised Cavolo Nero

The leaves of cavolo nero (also known as Tuscan kale, Lacinato kale, or Dinosaur kale) cook slowly into a luscious heap when braised whole.

Chicory in Anchovy Sauce

Tossed with a garlicky anchovy dressing, this vegetable dish is a great foil for rich pastas and roasted meats. Get the recipe for Chicory in Anchovy Sauce »

Stuffed Cherry Peppers (Peperoni con Acciughe)

Capers, tuna, and anchovies balance the heat in these small, stuffed cherry peppers.

Onion and Anchovy Tarts (Pissaladières)

Based on the classic French caramelized-onion tart with olives and anchovies, these little two-bite hors d’oeuvres pack a flavorful punch.

Caramelized Onion Tart (Pissaladière)

This southern French tart takes its name from pissala, a pungent anchovy paste that gives the flatbread its distinctive flavor.

Marcella Hazan’s Bagna Cauda

This Italian classic, whose Italian name means warm bath, provides the perfect counterpoint to raw vegetables. This recipe is based on one in Essentials of Classic Italian Cuisine (Knopf, 1992) by Marcella Hazan.

Corkscrew Pasta with Sicilian Pesto (Busiate alla Siciliana)

This flavorful pesto from Sicily is traditionally served with homemade busiate, a spiral-shaped pasta; you can substitute dried fusilli in a pinch.

Swordfish Puttanesca

Italy’s puttanesca sauce, briny with anchovies, olives, and capers, pairs well with swordfish or any other meaty fish.

Parsley Pesto with Anchovies

Capers and anchovies lend briny depth to this parsley sauce, which is fantastic tossed with grilled or boiled vegetables, and with rich fish like mackerel.

Pasta with Spicy Tomato-Beer Sauce

Based on a dish served at Birrificio Italiano, a brewery and restaurant in Italy’s Lombardy region, this puttanesca-style pasta sauce is enriched with Bibock, the brewery’s bock-style beer.

Lamb Chops with Mint Salsa Verde

Salsa verde, a Mediterranean condiment flavored with anchovies, capers, and herbs, partners nicely with seared, medium-rare lamb chops.

Roast Veal and Pork with a Duo of Caper and Anchovy Sauces

At Savron, a restaurant in Trieste, Italy, they roast cuts of pork and veal and then pave a serving plate with cold thin slices of each and slathers on these two flavorful sauces. At home, use the sauces to dress up leftover meats—pork or veal or a combination of the two. The color of the anchovy sauce will vary according to the variety of anchovies used; plump, rosy ones, which are usually packed in glass jars, tend to yield a thicker, more richly hued sauce.

Mussels with White Wine, Parsley, and Garlic

This recipe for mussels steamed with wine is based on one from Resto, a Belgian restaurant in New York City.

Radicchio with Anchovy and Rosemary Sauce

The versatile sauce used here comes from Rogers Gray Italian Country Cook Book (Random House, 1995), by Ruth Rogers and Rose Gray, chef-owners of London’s acclaimed (and very Italian) River Cafe. It can be used not only as a dip for radicchio and other vegetables, but also spooned over grilled or roasted fish or lamb. Rogers and Gray recommend green Tuscan olive oil.

Grilled Steak with Sauce Vierge

Sauce vierge (literally, virgin sauce, a reference to its uncooked character) belongs to a family of fresh French Mediterranean sauces that differ greatly from the rich, stock-based sauces commonly associated with classical French cooking. Also called green sauce, sauce aux herbes, and sauce verte, it is usually a piquant mixture of olive oil, herbs, mustard, capers, olives, and other aromatics. In this version, chiles add a spicy, new-world dimension. Besides accompanying steak, this sauce goes well with grilled or sauteed pork chops or tuna. Get the recipe for Grilled Steak with Sauce Vierge »

Deep Fried Fresh Anchovies with Warm Mayonnaise

Food fried a la romana (in egg batter)—squid is often cooked this way in Spain—has a softer, moister crust than that fried in eggless batter.